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I’ve moved around a lot and I’ve found the first three things I have to find right away when I move to a new town are: Target, tacos, and a hair salon.  (Tacos are probably first.)  I struck gold when I found my hair stylist, Marilo, at Salon Lola here in Gilbert.  She’s so smart and talented and has never berated me for having gross hair.  One day she called and asked if I could take some pictures of her and her sweet bulldogs for their Christmas card.  I was so excited/scared about this session!  Marilo is beautiful and smart and also happens to be from Spain which automatically makes her exotic, as well.  She LOVES her dogs more than anything in the world.  I love capturing my clients with their pets, but I was worried about the fact that there were three dogs in the session.  It turns out, I had nothing to worry about.  Lola, Norman, and Pierre were more cooperative than most toddlers I know.  Plus, Marilo brought her dog sitter to help.  (Thank, goodness!)  We met at the Freestone Park carousel and then walked around the park a bit.  I love the variety in Freestone Park!  By the end, I wanted to adopt every one of them!  It warms my cold, cold heart whenever I see how much people love their pets.  Thanks for letting me capture this puppy love, Marilo!

Woman and dogs photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Woman and dogs photographed in Gilbert, AZ by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Woman and dogs photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Woman and dogs photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Dog photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Gilbert, AZWoman and bulldogs photographed in Gilbert, AZ by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Woman and dogs photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Dog photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Woman and dogs photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Woman and dogs photographed in Gilbert, AZ by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Woman photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ>Woman and dog photographed in Gilbert, AZ by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Woman and bulldog photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Gilbert, AZ.Woman and dog photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

 

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One of my very favorite places to shoot in Gilbert is the Farm at Agritopia behind Joe’s Farm Grill.  This location offers so much versatility and beauty!  I remember the first time I ate at Joe’s Farm Grill, sitting at a picnic table under a giant tree, looking back at the beautiful farm and hoping all those suckers up north were enjoying their snow.

I had the best time, ever, with this fun crew!  They were so silly and happy and made my job easy.  Then when it was all over, I got myself a milkshake.  It was pretty much a dream session.

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I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many families before and after their children leave for LDS missions.  I call them “last chance” photo shoots because that’s how the mother’s always put it when they call. (“It’s our last chance to get a family picture before they leave!”)  It’s often a very tender time for these families and I’m so honored that they would let me be a part of it.  I recently had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family before their oldest son left to serve the church for two years in Seattle, Washington.  His mom said she’s always the photographer, so what she really wanted was pictures of her with her kids.  I can absolutely relate!  There are exactly 4 pictures of me in the world that I actually like.  I was happy to make that happen for her.

One of the many reasons I do in person sales at my home office is so that I can be sure my clients really and truly love their portraits.  There have been a few instances where I have just sent off galleries (because of time or distance) and it feels like I am sending them off into the wind.  I never know for sure if those clients liked their portraits, or if they wished I could make some edits.  I also find that the ordering process is much smoother when conducted in person.  Most people need a bit of guidance about which portraits will look best together on a wall and what sizes will work best for certain portraits.  I’m here to help!  I love when my clients get a chance to see their portraits for the first time.  When the mother of this beautiful family saw her portraits for the first time, she wept so much I had to restock my tissues.  It was incredibly sweet and I hope that she feels that way as the years go by and she remembers this special time in her family’s life.

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This past weekend I had the honor of attending the baptism of one of my favorite little eight year old girls.  This darling girl has the sweetest smile, sings like an angel, and keeps her room clean.  We got together one beautiful evening back in May when all the flowers were blooming and no one was in danger of heat exhaustion and had a photo shoot at the Gilbert LDS Temple.  It was an unusually windy day, but that just made her look more like a rock star.  A rock star who makes great choices, obviously.

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I’ve always wanted to take dance lessons.  The closest I’ve ever come was zumba class at the rec center.  Then I developed bad knees because apparently I’m a 37 year old senior citizen.  (Have I mentioned my undiagnosed early onset dimentia?)  Since my dream of being a dancer is pretty much dead, I’ve been living vicariously through my daughter (as one does).  CB has been dancing for many years now and few things bring me more joy than watching her perform.  She ended another year of dance recently with back-to-back endless dance recitals.  (As my dad once put it, “Some of those parents are just throwing their money away.”)  What I love most about watching her perform is seeing the happiness that it brings her.  That way I don’t feel like a creepy dance mom.

By the end of the year, CB was tired of having to keep her hair long (so she could wear it in the required Ariana Grande high ponytail).  The day after her recital, CB got her hair chopped off.  We picked our two favorite recital costumes and headed downtown for a photo shoot to celebrate her hard work and her new look.

Roosevelt Row Art District is an area of downtown Phoenix dedicated to visual arts and fried foods (from what I saw).  I’ve seen some of the beautiful murals in this area pop up on my Instagram feed and have been dying to take a look for myself.  It’s such a cool place to hang out and an even better place for portraits.  (Though a stranger did tell me he wanted to punch me in the face when he saw me taking pictures.  So watch out for face punchers, I guess.) I don’t think we found half of the amazing artwork on display in Roosevelt Row.  We’ll have to put on our dancing shoes and head back for more.

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  • Liz - Melissa!! These are gorgeous portraits and CB is beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • melissa@jubileefamilyphotography.com - Thank you so much!ReplyCancel